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A Narrative Research of an adult male’s experience in seeking a wife
experience in seeking a wife
The purpose of this study is to explore concepts to describe, conceptualize and analyze the narrative subjects of the experiences of an adult male seeking a wife and to realize how the social culture construct affects him. The participant is a 31-year-old adult male who had two love affairs when he took marriage into account. The researcher spent 12 hours (divided into 3 times) giving semi-construct interviews of his life stories, and simultaneously referred to his journals into research. The research is a narrative one, and the data was analyzed through “global-context” model . The results are:(1)the original family experience affects an adult male’s image of marriage and the core subjects of the experience in courting a life partner.(2)the adult male who has inseparable relationship with his mother will prefer a partner who and his mother are much alike, and adopt his mother’s value of marriage and the interaction pattern between her and her partner.(3)the adult male who has conflicting and distant relationship with his father will avoid to follow his father’s same way to play the male role in his life.(4)the values of love constructed by vague boundary of self will affect the adult male’s experiences to make him frustrated while seeking a life partner.(5)the introspection and attribution of an adult male’s frustrate love experience will affect his self-regulation and whether he would court someone else. The global narrative from social culture which affects adult male seeking a life partner are the expectation of “Man, you are a superman”, “A man should get married on coming of age, and so should a girl.”, “Man, you should propagate and be responsible for continuing the family”. As the above mentioned, these three major social narratives affect the adult male’s experiences of seeking a life partner, and they are:(1)the degrees the adult male identify “Man, you are a superman” will affect his self-identification, and the thought and action while he is courting a life partner.(2) the adult male needs to find ways to confront the pressure formed by the social narrative of “A man should get married on coming of age, and so should a girl.”.(3)the adult male should carry the weight of “Man, you should propagate and be responsible for continuing the family”, and he must balance the expectation of his family and the need of himself when he faces the issues of marriage, Finally, according to the results and the discussions, the researcher provides some suggestions for an adult male courting a life partner, for the counselors, and for the future research.
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